My degree project was a book documenting the Irish Diaspora’s journeys from Ireland to England. I photographed and interviewed people in the various Irish centers around London: the London Irish Center, the Luton Irish Forum and the South London Irish Association. The book itself was hand-printed and bound but my bookmaking skills are very lacking! As such, I enlisted the help of my friend Chloe (a 2015 UAL Wimbledon graduate in Print and Time-based Media) to help me fix the binding and structure of the book itself.
Chloe won the Wandle Studio Prize for 2015/16 so she has use of a studio space at Merton Abbey Mills where she runs an “alternative book-makery” called Object Book.
PS: I’m doing photo-book narrative workshops at Object Book on the 6th of August. More details to follow.
Two posts in one night?? Aren’t you all lucky people ;)
my major documentary photography project for my Documentary Practice module in college this semester was to make a book, so that’s what I did. It’s called Common History and it’s on myself and my best friend and I’ve wanted to do it for the longest time! It’s a personal exploration of how when we were babies, we were in the same hospital for the same amount of time (although a year apart), we were treated by the same doctor for visual impairment and yet we each turned out completely differently. The book uses archival images, self-portraits and portraits to tie us together visually.
During February, I attended a “creative retreat” in Malta with my friend Kate, her husband and six other artists or “creatives” as Kate liked to call them! While we were there, we had forums on our own work, where we presented the work we had done during the day (each day we were given a word to concentrate on and make art about); visits from local artists and we worked on making the art we had made into a book. The book is finished and hopefully going to be available through Blurb soon!
Now, the photos!
I probably don’t need to tell you that: All images are copyright Aisling Keavey, all right reserved. Photos can only be used with written permission.
Have you ever been to Malta? What did you think?
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Just to let you all know that I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth and I’m still alive! I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had time to sit down and blog properly. I’ll have my editorial calender sorted out and back to normal next week, promise! Now onto the purpose of this post: updates!
I’ve achieved things on my goals / aspirations list for this year! (See post from January here).
I’ve made business cards, I’ve had an exhibition of my work, hung my own photographs (this didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, but that can’t really be helped; everything’s a learning experience, right?) and most importantly, I’ve been accepted to my dream course: BAFine Art Print and Time-based Media at Wimbledon College of Art in London! (Course link here). I’m so unbelievably happy about this, it’s part of the reason I haven’t been blogging much, I’ve been so busy trying to sort everything out for moving and that; plus, I only have five weeks left in college so I’m busy with end of year stuff too.
On the subject of college work, my current project is a documentary-style book on myself and my best friend, it’ll have self-portraits, portraits of my best friend and archival images. It’ll hopefully be available to buy through Blurb when it’s finished so I’ll keep you updated on that! I’m also working on a book (also made with Blurb) of fashion images so hopefully that will be available to buy too.
Finally, more good news that came through today, I won a Caroline Issa for LK Bennett iPhone case from Canned Fashion! I never win anything… I think my luck is starting to turn!
This week, I’m doing something a little different by showcasing a video that I’ve loved, rather then a photograph.
Rhett & Link are a comedy duo comprised of Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. They are musicians and filmmakers, also (a bit like Flight of the Concords). I first heard of them through their “Thoughful Guy” rap video (I’ve written a blog post on here about it, do a search ;)). This brilliant video is “29 things you should never say” aka “Famous Last Words”. The editing is quick, the viewer doesn’t have time to see what happens to the pair after one of them, for example says “Let’s do that thing where you drive a car at me, and I jump over it”. In this, the viewer makes their own mind up about what happens to the subjects in the video.
This past Saturday, I photographed my friend Sarah’s 21st birthday in the Grand Central bar. It was great experience for me as I’ve never done anything like this before. It was a really good night, I got to see friends from the media course I did last year that I haven’t seen since and I got to get some experience in club photography. Here are the photos:
The absence over the last few weeks is due to it being the end of the semester and having a million and one things to do. I’ll be back to regular posting next week. (And have a few more images to show, too). This time it’s “Attend Tornoto Internatonal Film Festival“. This takes place every year in September and looks incredible. I’m trying to convince myself that going next summer is a good idea… The films that won awards at this year’s festival are here. Their Youtube channel page is here, where you can watch trailers and previews.
Have you ever been? Did you like it? Would you go again?
Apologies for not posting on Friday, I was mega busy over the weekend and just completely forgot. This week in this series, it’s an editorial from “W” magazine in Korea entitled “Birthday Girls.” Photographed by Hong Jang Hyun, the girls all wear colourful wigs and pastel dresses from Louis Vuitton’s spring 2012 collection. The set designs are reminiscent of Tim Walker or David LeCappelle. (which is probably why I liked this so much!)
What do you think of this? Is all the colour “too much”?
All images from Fashion Gone Rogue, click on the image to go to the webpage